The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
<!--editors note: "Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum" is styling on museum's website--> is an art museum
located on the University of Minnesota
campus in Minneapolis
. A teaching museum
for the university since 1934, the museum is named for Frederick R. Weisman, and was designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry
. Often called a "modern art museum," the 20,000+ image collection has large collections of Marsden Hartley
, Alfred Maurer
, Charles Biederman, Native American Mimbres pottery
, and Korean furniture.
The museum's current building, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry
, was completed in 1993. The stainless steel skin was fabricated and installed by the A. Zahner Company
, a frequent collaborator with Gehry's office.
It is one of the major landmarks on campus, situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River
at the east end of the Washington Avenue Bridge
. The building presents two faces, depending on which side it is viewed from. From the campus side, it presents a brick facade that blends with the existing brick and sandstone buildings. On the opposite side, the museum is a playground of curving and angular brushed steel sheets. This side is an abstraction of a waterfall and a fish.
The most stunning views of the building are from the pedestrian and highway decks of the adjacent Washington Avenue Bridge
. Some locals critical of the... Read More